Earth Science Week, October 11-17, 2015
In celebration of Earth Science Week, the Florida Geological Survey (FGS) will host its annual
Open House on Friday, October 16th from
12:00 noon until 6:00 pm at our new offices located at
3000 Commonwealth Boulevard in Tallahassee. These events coincide with Geologic Map Day, which is part of the Earth Science Week celebration. Earth Science Week
(October 11-17) is a national event sponsored by the American Geosciences Institute. Earth Science Week “encourages people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about
the geosciences and explore the ways that geoscience illuminates natural change processes”. This year’s theme is “Visualizing Earth Systems.” The program promotes awareness of the
diversity of modes for displaying data related to earth systems. Examples of such data include tectonics, stratigraphy, ecological variability and springs. The FGS conducts geologic
research, geologic mapping and uses 3D visualization of data to better understand Florida’s geology and springs.
The Open House will feature the museum with a dugong skeleton, an extinct mako shark jaw, and other exhibits. One of our drill rigs and extracted core samples will be on site.
Geologists will explain both the workings of the rig and answer questions about the cores and some of the cuttings we receive and process. Some examples of offshore geophysical data,
including side-scan sonar and sub-bottom profiling, will be on display. There will be a station set up with rocks and fossils from Florida and elsewhere. Microscopes will be available
to examine rock and sediment samples with geologists on hand to assist and interpret. For younger guests, coloring sheets highlighting prehistoric life in Florida and sea shells
and Play-Doh™ for experimentation with formation of fossil molds will be available. Staff will demonstrate and offer several visualizations of our geoscience work in Florida and provide
tours of the new FGS facilities.
Additionally, the FGS will host Cub Scout Night from
6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 15th. This event assists Cub Scouts in obtaining their geology badge. Depending upon level
of interest, a second session may be added on Wednesday evening, October 14th. Spaces are limited to 40 participants for each of these events and advance reservations are required.
Inquires about the Open House and Earth Science Week events, or scheduling reservations for either the Leon Sinks field trip or Cub Scout
Night should be directed to Christopher P. Williams, Christopher.P.Williams@dep.state.fl.us, (850) 617-0317 or Frank Rupert, Frank.Rupert@dep.state.fl.us, (850) 617-0334.
Also coinciding with Earth Science Week is National Fossil Day on
Please see the links below for resources and additional information on Earth Science Week and
National Fossil Day.
Earth Science Week Resources: